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Aviation Litigation

March 11th, 2012
in Transportation |

The aviation industry is at a crossroads, facing unique challenges including large scale products liability claims arising from malfunctions and crashes in and out of the United States, increasing tarmac delay and TSA security check claims alleging violations of passenger rights and privacy, and the potential for criminal liability arising out of airline operations and non-compliance.  These challenges, coupled with the FAA and NTSB cracking down on connecting carrier liability and other safety matters and a creative and motivated plaintiffs’ bar make it critical that outside counsel remain prepared to deal with constantly evolving regulations, case law and new theories of liability and ensure the best defense strategies in order to succeed pre-trial and at trial.

Now in its fourth year, ACI’s conference on Defending and Managing AVIATION LITIGATION is designed to offer even the most seasoned aviation attorneys valuable insights on solving these challenges and provide unparalleled networking opportunities with the likes of: Jet Blue Airways, Bell Helicopter Textron, XL Insurance Company, British Airways, Trans States Holding, United Air Lines, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, United States Aviation Underwriters, Garmin International, Air Canada, Honeywell Aerospace, Airbus, Dassault Falcon Jet …and many others.  

By attending you will:

  • Gain valuable business development strategies from dozens of  in-house counsel and claims officers who will provide insight into case evaluation, managing the costs of litigation and working with outside counsel
  • Improve your litigation strategy by hearing directly from 6 federal judges on how they interpret evidence and arguments specifically in the aviation context
  • Get the latest updates on aviation investigation and enforcement trends from NTSB and FAA officials
  • Understand the plaintiffs’ perspective regarding which claims are most attractive, emerging theories of liability and a plaintiff’s approach to managing aviation claims


Automotive Product Liability Litigation

March 10th, 2012
in Transportation |

Corporate attorneys and outside counsel for auto manufacturers and component part suppliers must find ways to reduce the cost of litigation while simultaneously dealing with the challenges of product recalls, class action claims, the increased cost in litigation product liability cases, and the rise in social media postings.

In response, American Conference Institute is proud to introduce its 5th installment of the essential defense summit that shapes the future of products liability strategies for leading litigators and in-house counsel in the automotive industryDefending and Managing AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCT LIABILITY LITGATION. Through a faculty of distinguished in-house counsel from Isuzu, Kia, U-Haul, Toyota, Bridgestone, TK Holdings (Takata), Nissan, Bombardier, Hyundai, Chrysler, Delphi Automotive and many others, leading outside defense counsel, as well renowned federal and state jurists, this conference will provide even the most seasoned automotive lawyers with clarity and certainty with respect to today’s key issues crucial to mounting a rigorous and complete defense.


Big Four Pharmaceutical Pricing Boot Camp

March 9th, 2012
in Healthcare |

The U.S. government spends billions of dollars per year on the purchase of drugs making it one of the largest purchasers of pharmaceuticals in the U.S. Sales to the government typically account for a large portion of a company’s total revenue, and a company cannot remain competitive in today’s market without selling to the government. As pharmaceutical manufacturers’ revenue and profits are so closely tied to government contracts and pricing, it is essential to have a thorough understanding of the Veterans Health Care Act, Federal Supply Schedule Contracting, Federal Ceiling Price, and pharmacy benefits programs.

While having the government as a client is lucrative, it can be costly, time consuming and confusing. Understanding the basics and key terms of “Big Four” pricing is necessary to ensure that companies do not enter into price contracts that obligate them to comply with impossible terms. Selling to the VA, DoD, PHS and Coast Guard also requires constant price calculations and price reporting. These calculations are often perplexing and result in price anomalies that can leave even the most seasoned contracting practitioner baffled. On top of complying with the “Big Four’s” numerous rules and regulations, companies must also evaluate how their “Big Four” prices affect their overall pricing.

Designed to give novices and experienced practitioners alike a complete understanding of core pricing competencies, ACI has assembled a faculty of the government authorities on “Big Four” pricing and pharmacy benefits programs along with expert pricing practitioners. This distinguished faculty will make sense of complicated terminology and pricing calculations and teach you how to navigate the complexities of working with the “Big Four” agencies.

As our delegates would agree, you cannot afford to miss this event.

“The ‘Big Four’ conference provided me with a great source of concepts and examples to follow and understand. I believe the boot camp is a fabulous tool for people who are new to government contracting and pricing.”

Towanda Little, Associate Manager of Government Pricing, Eisai Inc, Prior Delegate
For those attendees seeking a primer on “Big Four” pricing, the pre-conference workshop, “Big Four Pricing 101,” is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of federal pricing and will prepare you for the more advanced discussions that will take place during the main conference. The post-conference workshop, “Advanced Training in DoD and TRICARE Contracting, Formulary, and Operational Issues,” will provide the information and strategies you need to make interactions with the DoD and TMA more efficient and less burdensome.

Emerging Payment Systems

March 8th, 2012
in Financial Services |

Mobile payments, virtual and digital currencies, social coupons, mobile wallets…With continuous growth, rapid technological innovations and a flood of new entrants to the market, the payments industry is looking to implement and capitalize on these new payment vehicles. As advancements increase you must be aware of which federal and state regulatory schemes you may be subject to. Questions will arise as to how all of the stakeholders will work together, best practices for managing privacy and data security and how to ensure that your internal processes meet the compliance standards.

Building on the incredible success of our east coast event and in response to demand from the market, American Conference Institute has developed the3rd National Forum on Balancing Innovation with Consumer Protection in Emerging Payment Systems. This is a unique opportunity for financial product, payments and retail professionals and attorneys to gain a crucial understanding of the mobile and emerging payments landscape and hear insights from industry leaders on how the key new payments fit into the regulatory framework.

PLUS, add value to your attendance by also registering for the Pre- and Post-Conference Master Classes:

  • Pre-Conference Master Class – Understanding the Technology Underlying Emerging Payment Systems:  Practical, Legal, and Regulatory Considerations for Attorneys and Compliance Professionals
    April 16: 8:00am-10:00am
  • Post-Conference Master Class – Credit, Debit, and Prepaid Cards: New Regulations and Reforms and Their Impact on ‘Traditional’ Payment Methods
    April 17: 2:15pm -4:15pm

FCPA and Anti-Corruption for the Life Sciences Industry

March 7th, 2012
in Ethics Credits |

Structured specifically to provide a forum for addressing continuing and emerging areas of focus for FCPA enforcement by the U.S. DOJ and SEC,ACI’s National Conference on FCPA & Anti-Corruption for the Life Sciences Industry is the annual must-attend event for legal and investigative counsel, global compliance officers, and FCPA attorneys, specifically within the life sciences industry. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn what steps you should be taking now to take now to proactively protect your company before, during and after the Government comes knocking.

How is your company poised to respond when the time comes to negotiate a settlement with the Government? Are you sure who retains oversight over foreign HCPs, consultants and doctors? What proactive steps are being taken now to minimize the blow from an FCPA settlement?

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the prosecutors and strategize with top FCPA counsel as you are provided with proactive strategies for fortifying your compliance program in the following key areas:

  • Screening and monitoring foreign third parties, HCPs, doctors and consultants
  • Compliance protocols and internal controls for global life science operations
  • Travel, gifts, entertainment and hospitality
  • Clinical research, physician sponsorships, grants and advisory boards


March 6th, 2012
in Environmental |

The issues surrounding admiralty and maritime litigation have never been as complex as they are now. In the wake of Deepwater Horizon, all eyes are focused on the potential for litigation arising from environmental accidents, and defense counsel must be prepared to defend against new and emerging theories of liability from the plaintiffs’ bar. Moreover, the law governing admiralty and maritime claims continues to evolve, impacting everything from the type of claims that can be filed to the remedies that are available for a given claim. Add to this the multitude of factors involved in determining the proximate causes of an accident, the complex insurance claims that are often intertwined with admiralty and maritime litigation, and the procedural and jurisdictional intricacies inherent in maritime litigation, and it is clear thatdefense counsel face an uphill battle. With all of these factors putting defense counsel behind the 8-ball from the very start, there has never been a more important time in the industry to convene and exchange valuable insights and strategies with colleagues from around the nation. 

In response to demand from the market, American Conference Institute has developed the National Forum on Defending and Managing Admiralty & Maritime Litigation. Our unparalleled speaker faculty, consisting of senior industry professionals, leading outside defense counsel, and renowned federal judges, will provide even the most seasoned professionals with the clarity and certainty needed to remain ahead of the curve on today’s key issues to mounting a rigorous and complete defense.

Nuclear Exports

March 5th, 2012
in Energy & Resources |

The U.S. Departments of Energy, Commerce, State and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have overlapping authority over the export of nuclear technology and services, and each require sophisticated controls and compliance protocols.

To capitalize on global business opportunities, exporters of nuclear technology, services and software must be able to properly classify their products in order to obtain the required government licenses or authorizations to export.

With these issues in mind, American Conference Institute presents its industry-acclaimed 2nd National Advanced Summit on Complying with Nuclear Export Controls. This leading industry event will focus on providing compliance officers, general counsel, licensing officers and export controls executives with practical solutions for navigating the unique compliance issues presented to exporters of nuclear technology and services. Industry leading presenters will focus on the most challenging issues, including:

Dr. Alex R. Burkart
U.S. Department of State

Richard Goorevich 
U.S. Department of Energy

Jill Shepherd
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Ronald Rolfe
Bureau of Industry and Security

Bernard Kritzer 
Bureau of Industry and Security

Steve Clagett
Bureau of Industry and Security

Katie Strangis 
U.S. Department of Energy

  • Changes to Part 810 regulations
  • Getting required end-use and end-user authorizations
  • Classifying nuclear technology and making correct jurisdictional determinations
  • Putting a TCP in place and complying with deemed export and re-export limitations

Don’t miss the unique opportunity to hear from government officials from theDOE, NRC, State and Commerce Departments, including:

PLUS! Benefit from exclusive perspectives on India and China landscape and how to set up appropriate compliance controls to sustain nuclear exports to these lucrative international markets.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

March 4th, 2012
in Anti-Corruption / FCPA |

The conference will open with the hallmark “FCPA Year in Review Panel” and breakdown of the latest cases including Lindsey Manufacturing. A Q&A discussion will follow and provide delegates with the unique opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the US DOJ and SEC on FCPA enforcement and compliance.


Learn how innovative global organizations have gone beyond the standard FCPA compliance program. Industry leaders will share practical pointers on how they have developed cost-conscious and innovative FCPA compliance strategies.


  • Legislative reform of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • FCPA compliance and risk management  for private equity firms and hedge funds

Benefit from advanced discussions on: 

  • Detecting bribery schemes, high risk structures, hidden parties and other questionable transactions
  • Auditing and testing your anti-corruption compliance program
  • Disclosing post Dodd-Frank: Balancing whistle-blower, defense and corporate governance obligations
  • Contrasting NPAs, DPAs and plea agreements
  • How to achieve the right level of control and supervision in joint-venture arrangements
  • Developing more effective internal controls to support your compliance initiatives
  • Lessons learned from the Lindsey decision
  • Designing risk-based third party auditing and monitoring strategies

Complete your conference experience with these acclaimed interactive Working Groups:

A. The Fundamentals of FCPA Compliance: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Demystified

B. Gifts, Entertainment and Hospitality in High Risk Markets: A Practical Guide on What you Can, and Can’t Do

C. Sharpening Your Third-Party FCPA Due Diligence Program to Better Target Your Risks

D. FCPA Internal Investigations: A Complete Guide on How to Set up, Manage and Conduct Thorough Internal Investigations into Bribery Allegations

Come prepared with your most pressing compliance questions and take advantage of this unique opportunity to join in discussions with industry leaders and senior government officials that shape best practices and the anti-corruption industry.

Global Encryption Controls

March 3rd, 2012
in Aerospace & Defense |

How this conference differs from other events: American Conference Institute’s 3rd Advanced Summit on Global Encryption Controls is an industry-led program that will provide an optimal benchmarking opportunity for companies on how to reduce new, complex and emerging compliance risks worldwide. Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain critical information that is not available in print or on the web. Network and learn from export counsel and compliance officers experienced in navigating foreign encryption control regulations, in key jurisdictions, including China, Asia and Europe.

Countries such as China, Russia, India, France, Ireland, the UK and Canadaare all developing comprehensive laws on the import and export of encryption items – requiring specific licenses or authorizations to import, use and export items with encryption technology.

The Wassenaar Arrangement and other international agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership, are becoming more influential as countries seek to work together on developing a comprehensive set of encryption regulations. Knowing each country’s specific laws is essential for companies that do business on a global scale.

As the global landscape is changing dramatically each year, export compliance professionals must understand both foreign and U.S. encryption regulations. More and more, companies are using encryption items to protect the integrity of their information. In addition, more employees are traveling internationally, bringing up the challenge of remaining compliant with import laws as they enter each country.

The need for a comprehensive compliance program that incorporates all regulations and policy developments is necessary to prevent severe monetary fines, loss of import/export privileges and criminal penalties.

Key topics will include:

  • How international agreements affect the import and export of cryptography
  • Obtaining export permits from the SEMB in China
  • Preventing steep fines for export violations in Malaysia and Hong Kong
  • How to handle technology transfers through cloud computing without violating encryption regulations around the globe
  • Russia’s recent joining of the WTO, the U.S.-Russia 2006 Bilateral Agreement and what this means for your export compliance program
  • How to use Ireland and the Netherlands as key software and hardware EU distribution centers
  • Complying with Israeli encryption registration and distribution requirements to prevent strict penalties and license revocation
  • Complying with Canadian and Mexican export controls to prevent business losses and delays


March 2nd, 2012
in Ethics Credits |

Time and money are at stake. U.S. Government contractors are contending with increased regulatory oversight, rigorous DCAA audits, subcontractingcompliance risks, and strict reporting and disclosure requirements.

Following extensive research with industry stakeholders and outside advisors, American Conference Institute has assembled a sophisticated program and multi-dimensional speaker faculty, who will discuss the most complex, pressing cost or pricing compliance issues affecting your business.

In addition to CLE and CPE, the 2012 Advanced Forum on Government Contract Cost & Pricing features a new government, industry and private practice speaker faculty, as well as enhanced networking and Q & A sessions.

New 2012 Keynote Speakers:

  • Kenneth J. Saccoccia, 
    Assistant Director, DCAA Policy & Plans Directorate
  • Ronald J. Youngs, 
    Director, Cost and Pricing Center, DCMA
  • Shay Assad, 
    Director, Defense Pricing, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy
  • Henry Kleinknecht, 
    Director of Pricing and Logistics Acquisition, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Jonathan L. Kang,
    Deputy Assistant General Counsel, GAO

Fully Updated 2012 Industry Speaker Line-Up.

Benchmark and network with: DynCorp, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Textron, Austal USA, United Launch Alliance, Fluor, Alion Science & Technology, GTSI and Honeywell.

Enhanced Focus On Subcontracting Issues.

  • Scope of prime and subcontractor data disclosure and reporting obligations
  • Conducting cost or price analyse of subcontractor proposals
  • Resolving disputes over a prime’s access to subcontractor books and records

Practical, Intensive Pre-Conference Working Groups:

  • A Deep Dive into the FAR Definitions of “Certified Cost or Pricing Data” and “Other Than Certified Cost or Pricing Data”: How to Comply with TINA, Accommodate Data Requests, and Minimize Risk
  • Managing DCAA Access to Records, Employee Interview Requests and Unfavorable Audit Reports
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